Library apps for knowledge on the move

We have a growing range of apps available for our resources, to make accessing information on the go even easier, in some cases even when offline.

The library itself doesn’t have a mobile app, but our website is responsively designed to work on any size screen.

UpToDate

Android | iOS

UpToDate is an evidence-based knowledge system that helps clinicians make the right decisions at the point of care. It contains over 10,000 articles, providing evidence-graded treatment recommendations as well as diagnostic and other information for common as well as rare conditions. It also offers thousands of images, clinical calculators and a drug interactions checker.

The mobile app is available to SaTH staff and requires the use of a personal registration created whilst using UpToDate on-site.

BNF (British National Formulary) and BNF for Children

Android | iOS

The BNF/BNFC app is aimed at prescribers, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals who need sound, up-to-date information about the use of medicines. It combines the content from the BNF and BNFC, ensuring easy access to BNF information wherever you are.

No authentication required. Works offline.

BMJ Best Practice

Android | iOS

BMJ Best Practice provides access to the latest evidence-based information for healthcare professionals, structured around the patient consultation with advice on symptom evaluation, test ordering, treatment approach and follow up. It also offers clinical calculators, patient information leaflets and some procedural videos.

The mobile app is available to all NHS staff and authentication requires a personal account, which can be created whilst on-site on a SaTH PC, or whilst logged in with an NHS OpenAthens account. Works offline.

BrowZine

Android | iOS

BrowZine allows SaTH staff to browse journals by subject, browse contents pages, bookmark your favourite journals and articles, and in many cases access the full-text with one-click. The mobile App also allows you to download PDF copies of articles for offline reading, and get notifications when new issues of your favourite journals are published.

The BrowZine app is available to SaTH staff and requires an NHS OpenAthens account to authenticate.

Bluefire Reader

Android | iOS

Required to download our e-books to your device for offline reading. Free registration for an Adobe ID required, and an NHS OpenAthens account is required to access and download e-books to your device.

SaTH Staff Publication Report for 2018

In conjunction with the Research and Innovation Department, we produce an annual report of publications by Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust staff, to demonstrate just how much new knowledge and research is being produced within SaTH. This can include books, book chapters, journal articles, dissertations, systematic reviews, case reports, conference abstracts, poster presentations, or oral presentations at conferences.

We’ve just put together the report for 2018.

Download the 2018 Staff Publication Report

We’re continually adding new publications, and you can search entire collection back to 2014 by visiting the Library Research Hub. If you produce any new publications, you can submit the details using the submission form on our website.

Here are just a few items recently added to the collection:

E-books on the go

Did you know that books from Shrewsbury and Telford Health Libraries’ collection of over 16,000 e-books can be downloaded to your mobile device for offline reading?

If you have an Apple, Android or Kindle Fire device, download the Bluefire Reader app and create a free Adobe ID to log into it. Then access our e-book collection, login with NHS OpenAthens, find your book, and select ‘Download Book’.

You’ll be able to select the length of time you’d like to download the book for, up to 14 days, but if you need it for longer, you can simply ‘borrow’ it again after 14 days. Alternatively, if you just want a chapter, you can simply download a PDF of a single chapter which won’t expire.

Finding e-books is easy – simply select the e-book tab on OmniSearch.

BMJ Best Practice clinical decision tool

BMJ Best Practice is now available to all NHS organisation in England.

It provides access to the latest evidence-based information for healthcare professionals, structured around the patient consultation, with advice on symptom evaluation, test ordering, treatment approach and follow up. It also offers clinical calculators, patient information leaflets and some procedural videos.

 

Onsite at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals (SaTH) simply visit the BMJ Best Practice website for password-free access. You’ll have the option to create a personal account to record usage for CME/CPD points.

For off-site access, you can use an NHS OpenAthens account. Visit the BMJ Best Practice website and login with your NHS OpenAthens account. You can also use a personal account created whilst on-site at SaTH.

Mobile apps are available for Android and iOS devices. These require a personal account to authenticate which can either be created whilst on-site on a SaTH PC, or off-site by logging in with NHS OpenAthens and then registering for a personal account.

You’ll also find BMJ Best Practice as an option in OmniSearch where it can be searched along with many other resources.

For more details or advice, pop into one of our libraries.

BrowZine now available for SaTH staff and students

We have a new subscription to the BrowZine journal tool for Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust staff. Feedback and usage were both positive in our trial, so we felt we should go ahead and purchase it.

BrowZine allows you to browse journals by subject, browse contents pages, bookmark your favourite journals and articles, and in many cases access the full-text with one-click. The mobile App also allows you to download PDF copies of articles for offline reading, and get notifications when new issues of your favourite journals are published.

Visit our BrowZine page to access our journals on your desktop. If you want to bookmark journals or articles, simply create a free BrowZine account. Alternatively, download the BrowZine app for Android and iOS devices (to use the app, you’ll need an NHS OpenAthens account to authenticate it). The app makes access even easier – as it is NHS OpenAthens authenticated, you won’t have to log in again to get access to articles in most cases, making access literally one-click.

Both the desktop and mobile app versions allow you to add journals to virtual bookshelves, which you can name, and you can also create collections of articles. Both bookshelves and collections are synchronised across desktop and mobile app.

For more information, download our brief guide to BrowZine.

For anyone that is not affiliated to Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, you can still check which journals you have access to by using the ‘Journals’ tab on OmniSearch and selecting your organisation from the dropdown menu.

Relax with a good book

SaTH Health Libraries are not just about medical and management titles.  We also have a range of leisure books to help you escape into another world.

Grab a biography…. get caught up in a murder ….. go off on an adventure ….. curl up with a romance…..

We even have a collection of “Quick Reads” to fit in with your busy life.  All the excitement  but in a short sharp format.

Relax and chill with a good book!

 

We’re having a big impact!

We recently carried out a survey of all library users (and potential users) to see what you thought about our services and resources, and we also asked staff what impact we are having on patient care, research and continuing professional development.

Some of the highlights are:

  • 211 responses in total
  • 98% of respondents that had used the libraries in the last 12 months rated the overall service as ‘Excellent’ or ‘Good’
  • 93% of respondents that had used the libraries in the last 12 months rated the study environment as ‘Excellent’ or ‘Good’

Some of comments relating to impact were:

Evidence Updates provide me with up-to-date information on my field of working which is focused on dementia care. I have accessed guidelines mentioned in one of the articles to improve patients’ quality of care and also developed my own understanding of interventions for dementia that can be effectively used in general hospital settings.

Being able to access UpToDate is in my opinion essential in providing immediate high quality care for patients with less common conditions presenting to hospital. I find it invaluable.

I was able to use library resources for examination preparation. I was able to get a very new book from the library which was very helpful in the examination. In view of passing my exam, I am doing more for the department and I am more confident in decisions made for patient care.

There were also some suggestions for improvement, and we’ll be having a look at these as we look at our priorities.

Thank you to everyone that completed the survey, and congratulations to the three people that won book tokens!

You can download the full survey results, and if you have any more feedback, or more stories about how we’ve had a impact, we’d be happy to hear from you.

New books arriving all the time

Look out for lots of brand new books arriving in Shrewsbury and Telford Health Libraries all the time.  Remember you can check the online catalogue by keyword and reserve books online to make life easy.

Ask library staff if you can’t find what you are look for.  We are here to help.

Shrewsbury and Telford Health Libraries are staffed 8.30 – 17.00 Mon – Fri.

If you need out-of-hours access, please ask staff.

 

Healthy Lives Collections at Telford and Shrewsbury Health Libraries

Look out for promotions, displays, books and masses of handy take-away leaflets on a variety of health topics to help staff and patients maintain a healthy lifestyle.

For example:

  • Diet and diabetes
  • Giving up smoking
  • Mindfulness
  • Dementia
  • and much more…

Come along and investigate our Healthy Lives collections for lots of information to help maintain a better style of living.

Making access to journals easier

Until the end of March, Shrewsbury and Telford Health Libraries are trialing a service called BrowZine, to make access to our journal collections easier.

BrowZine allows you to browse journals by subject, browse contents pages, bookmark your favourite journals and articles, and in many cases access the full-text with one-click. The mobile App also allows you to download PDF copies of articles for offline reading, and get notifications when new issues of your favourite journals are published.

Visit our BrowZine page to access our journals on your desktop. If you want to bookmark journals or articles, simply create a free BrowZine account. Alternatively, download the BrowZine app for mobile devices (to use the app, you’ll need an NHS OpenAthens account).

For more information, download our brief guide to BrowZine.

If you have any feedback on BrowZine, please do let Jason Curtis, Site Librarian at Shrewsbury (jason.curtis1@nhs.net or 2511) know so we can decide whether to purchase it.